- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 23:15
Solomon's temple was the first temple, followed by the rebuilt temple under Zerubbabel (Ezra 3). The third temple was the Temple of Herod, which was destroyed in AD 70, as prophesied by Scripture and confirmed by history. Many Old Testament Scriptures, however, remain to be fulfilled. Isaiah 2:2,3 speaks of a temple to which all nations will flock and from which the Word of the Lord will instruct all the world. Ezekiel 37:2&28 promises that the Lord's dwelling amidst His people will be so evident that all the nations will know it. Ezekiel 40-48 details the construction of a temple unlike any yet built. Haggai 2:6-9 also suggests that under Zerubbabel they were building a temple whose glory would be exceeded by a future temple. Zechariah 6:9-13 relates the thrilling prophecy of the "Branch...and He shall build the temple of the Lord..." All this, while spoken during the days of the second Temple, point on to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Man whose name is "The Branch" will sit as king-priest in that Temple.
Taken together, these Scriptures teach that there will yet be a temple built in Jerusalem. Its glory and purpose will exceed any of those built before.
Both Matthew 24:15 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4 indicate that a temple will be standing by the middle of Daniel’s 70th week. Although current events don't confirm God's Word to us, it is interesting that an organization in Israel today, "The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement," is making its plans (not God's) for rebuilding the Temple.